Imagine being able to remotely control every blind in every room of your home from just your mobile device. How about being able to automatically tilt your blinds to let in sunlight or shut them for privacy according to different times of the day? Motorized blinds and shades seem to be all the craze in smart homes these days but the steep price tag per unit (at least $200 and up) has deterred a lot of people from being able to afford and enjoy this luxury. But what if you have the option of automating your existing blinds for only $99 per unit?
Enter MySmartBlinds, a retrofit home automation kit that turns regular 2- and 2.5-inch horizontal blinds into motorized blinds that can be controlled remotely using the MySmartBlinds app.
How does MySmartBlinds work?
The MySmartBlinds Automation Kit uses Bluetooth technology to control tilting horizontal blinds. All users need to do is to install the hardware in the kit – a motor box, manual switch, battery pack, and rod adapter based on the type of tilt rod of their blinds (No tools needed), download the MySmartBlinds app to their mobile device from the App Store or Google Play, and then pair and calibrate the blinds with the app. And voila… Those old blinds are now motorized and can be automated by using the app! They contain a lithium battery to power the motor that can last around 6 months per charge, and there’s even a ‘solar panel’ adapter that can keep them always charged and working.
MySmartBlinds app features
The MySmartBlinds app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. It is compatible with Apple devices running iOS 7 or later. The Android app currently available in Google Play supports Android 4.3. According to the MySmartBlinds website, a new and improved Android app is currently under construction so that it is able to support the later OS versions.
Add, edit and delete rooms that have blinds to control.
Create schedules for open and close times and configure blind tilts throughout the day for individual rooms, relative to the sunrise and sunset. This can also be customized for the different seasons.
Smart Positions setting allows users to quickly open, close or customize the tilt of all blinds.
Gradual Tilt moves the blinds from one position to another gradually (as the name suggests) and silently.
Sun Tracking allows the system to adapt to the different levels of sunlight.
Overall, MySmartBlinds is a basic home automation kit to retrofit blinds that is easy to install and use, providing a more affordable price tag for people who are looking to automate their homes.
Get your blinds ‘connected’ today!